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Hitchin Symphony Orchestra

Hitchin Symphony Orchestra's motto, 'Promoting Live Music', sums up our passion and goal as an orchestra. Bringing a high standard of symphonic concerts to Hitchin audiences, we enjoy a well-earned reputation for imaginative programming. We are especially pleased to offer a concert platform for local musicians – both orchestral players and soloists.

2019–20 Season​


This season we celebrate two outstanding successes:

  • The orchestra's 90th year of its founding by Mary Ibberson in 1929;

  • The 50th anniversary, in November 2019, of Janet Hicks as the orchestra's Leader. We believe this staggering achievement is not matched by any other orchestral Leader, whether of an amateur or professional orchestra.


Plus, in May 2020 we celebrate the 75th birthday of Paul Adrian Rooke, the orchestra's Conductor.

Janet Hicks has personally chosen the programme for her Golden Jubilee Concert on Saturday 23 November 2019. In addition to pieces by George Butterworth and Edward German, HSO will be welcoming back soloist Peter Bussereau to play the Schumann Violin Concerto and Dvořák Romance for Violin and Orchestra.

The programme for HSO's concert on Saturday 16 May 2020 has been specially chosen by our Conductor to celebrate his 75th birthday. For a number of years Paul was Music Advisor to The Rutland Boughton Music Trust. He transcribed a large number of pieces from manuscript, some of which had never been performed. A Summer Night is a symphonic poem of great beauty and passion that he transcribed in 2010. It was recorded on CD for the first time later that year.


Fenella Humphreys is one of the UK's most established and versatile violinists. Her playing has been described in the press as 'alluring', unforgettable' and 'a wonder'. She has appeared once previously with HSO, giving a stunning and memorable performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. 'Fenella is a brilliant violinist,' says Paul, 'and I know her performance of the ever-popular Bruch concerto will be totally stunning – not to be missed!' Paul's own second symphony was composed and first performed in 2005. 'I'm actually quite moved by this piece,' says Paul, 'and I hope the audience will be too'.


To find out more, please visit our Concerts page.

Seeking Musicians

We are always keen to hear from instrumentalists looking to join an exciting and friendly orchestra in North Hertfordshire.


For more information see the Join Us page.

Patrons of HSO

Our Patrons help support the continued development of the orchestra and this allows our audiences to enjoy new and exciting programmes and soloists. We are very grateful to the members of our Patrons scheme.


If you would like to join the scheme and get discounted concert tickets, please see the Support Us page.

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